John Schneider's Collier & Co. Hot Pursuit (Limited Edition)
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When race driver J.R. Collier ("Dukes of Hazard" and "Smallville's" John Schneider) tries to save his family from divorce by quitting racing and opening up a "used car" business, things get really wild. You see, J.R. acquires his inventory by racing unsuspecting "marks" pink (slip) for pink (slip) late at night. This time there is something in his latest "win" that the bad guys desperately need back by Saturday at 6 p.m. They kidnap his family and the chase is on! The cars aren't the only things twisting and turning in this story! Hang on for a great ride! The best car chase movie since "Smokey and the Bandit," this movie is everything that the "Dukes of Hazzard" movie could have been and wasn't! Fun for the whole family!
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This DVD has an unusual beginning: John Schneider will thank you for purchasing the DVD, talk about how you can buy it in bulk to resell, and explain that he put the whole thing together as a labor of love, involving his family and friends. It's a fairly good story that opens with John (playing JR Collier) about to hustle someone (would Bo Duke have done that?) and continues with decent lines, decent funny moments throughout (almost Hazzard style), a little bit of scariness, and some fancy driving on dirt roads. JR drives a Dodge Charger he named Traveler. The sidekick is a version of Cooter put into a big fancy garage. The bad guys are threatening but won't really scare anyone (one good ol' boy wears a Roscoe-esque hat). The special effects are just enough to make a point. Throughout the movie is a family struggle that honestly tugged at my heart. John's acting is great, his wife is charming, their daughter is like the tomboy next door. I think the two cute towheads in the restaurant scene are Schneiders and credit is given to a son working behind the scenes. As other reviewers mentioned, the sound is nothing to brag about. Also the movie is presented in full format rather than widescreen. All-in-all, it gave me the feeling that some cousins whose company I enjoy, but don't get to see very often, have put together this film to entertain anyone who loves the core features of The Dukes of Hazzard.
Note: You won't get extras on this DVD, as there is supposedly another out there released several months after this one, but there is a short bloopers track after the movie that features a very funny nod to his role on the TV show Smallville.
In case you didn't know, here is a little trivia that will make watching this movie more interesting: Bo Duke was supposedly patterned after Jerry Rushing who ran moonshine in a car he named Traveler before going into stock car racing, and The Dukes of Hazzard was compiled in part by stories Jerry (JR?) told Gy Waldron.
While the movie itself was good, I am writing about the shoddy depiction of the product.I bought the "Limited Edition" of this movie since it was cheaper. I watched it and the quality of film was rubbish. But the movie was good so I decided, based on John Schneider's opening statements to get the "regular" dvd. Which he says has all these special features on it. Well I received the movie and the back cover says it is a 2 disc set with loads of special features. But upon opening it I was stunned to find it was actually the same copy as the one I purchased before, with the same lousy picture quality. Now I've wasted money on two copies of this disc. Neither price was that expensive so I'm not complaining about that. I'm upset that the description of the product is not at all what it claims to be. Two different covers with the same low quality movie in it. Even long time fans of his-such as I am would agree this is cheap way to con fans out of extra money. I would give it zero or half a star if that was an option.
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Well perhaps it doesn't quite stand up to Hollywood productions, but then it was never meant too. This family film has a slightly amateur style at times but you find that adds to the charm. It is very well acted, and it is a good story that will keep you engrossed start to finish, and the stunts and racing is also good fun.
I think the point to note is that so many people have compared it to the Dukes of Hazzard, it isn't really that. It is a new story and it steals nothing from the Dukes format. However, that doesn't mean it's not forgotten. Schneider has intentionally gone for the record of 'how many references to a classic show can you fit in a film'. This is an added bonus for Duke's fans, just count how many references you find, the orange Charger is the obvious one but look out for tshirts, signs, old props, music in the background etc etc - there are a lot. This has no effect on none Dukes fans because this is all quietly hidden in the background of a film that is definately a stand alone film in it's own right.
If you like a happy family story, if you like a bit of car racing and general good fun look no further, you have here a wonderful film that avoids the standard formats Hollywood insists upon and simply follows the story from start to finish. Enjoy!
Well worth the time to watch this!